Anyone interested in the world generally can't help being interested in young adult culture - in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language.
Every writer has to find their own way into writing.
People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing's as eternal as the dishes.
I don't want to die, really. I'm interested in what happens next, so I've got to keep on.
I know things are unbearable but in spite of that we have to bear them.
By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life.
At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young.
At the same time, I think books create a sort of network in the reader's mind, with one book reinforcing another. Some books form relationships. Other books stand in opposition. No two writers or readers have the same pattern of interaction.
I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another. I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults.
I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing. However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be, from the time I was a child.
I hope I am not too repetitive. However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation.
I was able to work out all sorts of attitudes to style and event and character, all of which affected the way I came to think about my own writing. I believe that all good writers are original.
In a way, the characters often do take over.
It can certainly happen that characters in more sophisticated stories can "take over" as they develop and change the author's original ideas. Well, it certainly happens to me at times.
You can't say you want things to be simple and then in the next breath ask me to be honest.
There's a lot of things you can put up with, as long as you're not related to them.
Family!... You might just as well celebrate battle, murder and sudden death.
It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories. For example, there is no sense in sending a picture book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
I think I am too interested in my own ideas to copy anyone else's, but I find that other people's imagery, the flow of language in the outside world, games with words, and ideas about relationships are all most important to me.
For in some ways the world was like a shopping centre, and he himself was a doubtful customer, often ineffectual, being talked into buying things he didn't want, things indeed which nobody in their right mind would want to buy.
Reading is very creative - it's not just a passive thing. I write a story; it goes out into the world; somebody reads it and, by reading it, completes it.
I'm the Beast. You're the Beauty," he said. "It's all a story, isn't it?
If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing twice.
It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway.
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